Welcome to the Agnes Scott Arboretum, certified as a Level I arboretum in the Arbnet Arboretum Accreditation Program of the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois. 

The Agnes Scott Arboretum provides an interactive, interdisciplinary tree tour through the beautiful campus of Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia. The featured topics are inspired by the liberal arts curriculum of Agnes Scott College. In keeping with the College’s commitment to the liberal arts, the Agnes Scott Arboretum invites visitors to reflect on the complex connections between trees and humans and the integral role that trees play in our lives.

BREAKING NEWS- Agnes Scott Develops Official Arboretum Archive

In a new development for Agnes Scott’s urban forestry program, an official Archive for the Agnes Scott Arboretum is now in use.

The Arboretum Archive is a digital system for capturing, managing, and organizing any communications and documentation related to the urban forest.  The database contains a wealth of information pertaining to the Arboretum’s management, history, and tree care.

Producing and implementing this Archive is a huge step towards the standard level of organization and accountability set by the Urban Forestry Sustainability and Management Audit performed by Agnes Scott in 2014.  In fact, the archive was produced as a direct result of the audit team’s very first recommendation for Agnes Scott, as quoted in part here from the Audit Report:

“Program Documentation- Recommendations- Develop a campus arboretum archive to house all documentation related to management, planning, mapping, inventories, policy, budgeting and correspondence.  Establish a protocol for maintenance of this archive.”

The Archive was compiled by Office of Sustainability intern Claudia Mitchell, a rising senior at Agnes Scott College, again in partnership with the US Forest Service.  The production of the Archive and the protocol for its maintenance are proof that Agnes Scott is well on its way to fully implementing the 2014 audit’s recommendations, and to further growing as an Arboretum.



Everyone, it seems, loves Agnes Scott’s wonderful trees. Many alumnae cannot imagine a more appropriate way to honor the memory of a deceased classmate than to ask the College to dedicate a newly planted tree to her. In addition, long-serving members of the faculty and staff are given the option of declining a gift of appreciation from the College and having a tree planted for them instead.

To learn more, click on the drop-down menu for Dedicated Trees in the sidebar menu.

Recently, on the occasion of their 50th Reunion, the Class of 1965 raised funds to establish a living memorial to classmates who have died. This ‘Ruby Red’ nuttall oak now graces the lawn in front of Buttrick Hall and McCain Library.

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Agnes Scott College has been selected to host The Georgia Urban Forest Council’s 2015 College Canopy Conference. The date for the event is September 22, 2015.

This conference is for college and university “treekeepers” – those concerned with maintaining a healthy urban forest on campuses. Physical plant managers, landscape directors, grounds crews, administrators and others learn about topics common to college campuses and their trees.

Attendees at this year’s conference will be treated to a presentation about the Agnes Scott Arboretum, followed by a guided tour. The agenda is available here.